Costa del Sol wildfire forces evacuation of 2,000

At least 2,000 people have been evacuated after a wildfire broke out in mountains above the Costa del Sol in Spain amid a heatwave.

People from the centre of the town of Benahavis were forced to leave as three firefighters were injured.

The blaze reportedly started on Wednesday afternoon on the slopes of Pujerra mountain in the Sierra Bermeja on the Andalusia coast.

The 8,000-strong community of Benahavis and 300-resident village of Pujerra, west of Malaga, were most at risk, state broadcaster RTVE reported.

Temperatures of more than 30C (86F), drought and strong winds continued to hamper firefighting efforts in the area on Thursday, according to RTVE.

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